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Market approval for devices with wireless technologies in the USA

In order to obtain market approval for a device with wireless technologies in the USA, each manufacturer must obtain FCC certification for the respective device. Certification in accordance with the requirements of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) primarily means approval of devices with wireless technologies in the USA. To make the certification process more efficient for manufacturers in and outside the U.S., the FCC has designated Telecommunication Certification Bodies (TCBs) that have the authority to evaluate a customer-submitted application for certification and issue an FCC grant as part of the FCC approval process

An updated FCC Authorization Program was introduced in November 2017, which was in a transition period until November 2, 2018. During this transition period, both programs were valid.

Since November 2018, a new authorization program for an FCC certification is valid for the US market.

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  • Testing must be performed by an accredited and recognized FCC laboratory.
  • Certification is performed by a Telecommunication Certification Body


Self-declaration, no FCC lab is required. The responsible person must be a resident of the USA. The FCC logo is not required, but may be used.

A list of product groups for which the less burdensome sDoC procedure may be used can be found in FCC Rule Part 15.101. As an alternative, the manufacturer may use the certification procedure instead of an SDoC procedure. In this case, an accredited and recognized FCC laboratory is required.

U.S agent for service of process

On February 6, 2023, the rules for prohibiting authrorisation of “covered equipment”, adopted in the Report and Order portion of FCC 22-84, became effective upon publication. The covered List identifies certain telecommunications and video surveillance equipment produced by certain entities as “covered” equipment.

i) Based on this new requirement an attestation is required by every applicant stating that the applicant and any of its subsidiaries are not on the covered list.
ii) Secondly, the applicant must also designate a U.S agent service for process. This agent must be located in the Unites States of America. This implies is required for every authorization route a U.S agent for service is required.


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We are accredited and recognized as an official laboratory at the FCC and can therefore perform all relevant regulatory tests necessary to start the FCC approval process. In addition to the necessary tests, with our TCBs we can also offer you the certification process and thus a complete FCC approval from a single source.

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Our accredited laboratories in North America and Europe have multiple approved TCBs and we provide testing and approval services to all FCC standards. These include but are not limited to:

  • FCC PART 15.255 for 60GHz sensors
  • FCC PART 15.509 – 15.519 for Ultra Wide Band devices (UWB)
  • FCC PART 22, 24 & 27 for GSM/WCDMA/LTE devices
  • FCC PART 15.247 for Bluetooth/WLAN 802.11 b/g/n (2.4 GHz)
  • FCC PART 15.407 for WLAN 802.11 a/n/ac (5 GHz)
  • FCC part 15.245 (902-928 MHz band, ISM bands)
  • FCC PART 15.225 for RFID (13.56 MHz)
  • FCC PART 25 for satellite communication devices
  • FCC PART 90 for Land Mobile Radios
  • FCC PART 95 for 76-81 GHz Automotive Radar Devices, Dedicated Short Range Communications Systems (DSRCS)
  • HAC tests according to FCC specifications
  • DFS tests for devices operating within the 5.25-5.35 GHz and 5.47-5.725 GHz frequencies. (FCC PART 15 subpart E)
  • SAR testingaccording to FCC specifications (300kHz – 6GHz)
  • Absorbed Power Density (ADP) 6GHz – 10GHz


FCC certification can also be seen as a basis for approval in many countries around the world, as the associated test scope covers a wide range of local specifications. These include Mexico, Chile and Argentina, among others. Contrary to popular belief, FCC certification for the US market is not synonymous with market approval in Canada. For the Canadian market, approval from the ISED (Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada) authority is required.

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What are the components of an FCC certification application?

For unlicensed devices such as Bluetooth or WLAN products, radio keys, etc. the following must be submitted:

  • Completed FCC Form 731 (application)
  • Marking and information on the position of the marking (product label)
  • Block Diagram
  • Function Description
  • Circuit diagram including PCB arrangement
  • User manual (including regulatory information for the user)
  • External photos
  • Internal photos
  • FCC test report
  • Photos of the test setup
  • Temporary Confidentiality Requirement Letter for FCC (if required) – Confidentiality Letter (short term)
  • Confidentiality Requirement Letter for FCC – Confidentiality Request Letter (Permanent)
  • RF exposure evaluation

For licensed devices, such as mobile phones, the following additional features are needed:

  • SAR test report, far-field calculations (safety of persons in electromagnetic fields)
  • Information on setting the HF performance parameters (so-called Tune Up Document)
  • Parts list

The application, including documents in English, must be submitted by the TCB to the FCC.

What types of certification are available from the FCC?

  • New certification application
  • Change in Identification
  • Class I Permissive Change – no approval necessary, a kind of self-declaration if change does not affect the RF characteristics
  • Class II Permissive Change – Changes affect RF characteristics
  • Class III Permissive Change – only for Software Defined Radio (SDR); is very rare

Does an FCC certification also count as market approval for Canada?

The basis for a market approval in Canada is the so-called ISED certification. The responsible authority for radio licensing in Canada is called Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada (ISED). The technical requirements for a market approval of products with radio technologies are in most cases identical to those in the USA and the tasks of the FCB for Canada are similar to those of the TCB.

  • Documents are submitted to ISED but are not published on the website. If confidentiality has not been requested, these documents can be viewed after appropriate consultation.
  • In contrast to the USA, a model name or the so-called “HVIN” on the label is mandatory in addition to the certification number. In addition, a marketing name is required for each approval before the approval is published on the website.
  • Without a local representative (LR) an approval is not possible. The LR must be registered with the authority ISED.

Is a "pre-certified" module sufficient to market my device in the USA?

No. In KDB 996369 D04, FCC has made it very clear that additional measurements must be performed on the host product (e.g. radiated emissions, EIRP, etc.).
In the case of a full-modular approval, the module must be integrated in consultation with the module integrator, the 15B part must be considered and additional measurements for the radio part must be considered. Afterwards an SDoC procedure can be applied by the host integrator.

When integrating a module with “limited modular” approval, the host integrator can only perform two procedures himself 1) Change in ID for modular approval + C2PC of the module or 2) seek a new FCC ID of the host product. If the host manufacturer cannot comply, or is not given clear directions to address the limitations, he must have the host authorized at the module level with the module grantee via C1PC or C2PC whereby the specific host is assessed together with the module. This is a major difference to integration with the Full Modular, since the integrator cannot simply make a C1PC himself.

What is meant by "contains FCC ID" and how is the procedure defined?

This procedure involves integrating a certified module without having to perform a separate approval for the host product. As mentioned above, you have to do some spot check measurements. As mentioned earlier, spot check testing is required pursuant to KDB 996369 D04.

What is the difference between sDoCand certification and can I as a manufacturer choose which procedure to use?

In general, all transmitters + scanning receivers must be certified. The products that fall under SDoC are listed in §15.101. In many cases both procedures apply.

What are the label requirements for the FCC? What are the differences for "contains FCC"?


  • An FCC ID is required on the product (except when e-labelling is applied). See §2.925


  • Name, model number on the product. The FCC logo can be added optionally

sDoC and Certification:

  • Part 15 devices require warning notices in the user manuals (see §15.19, §15.21, §15.105).
  • For licensed rule parts specific warning notices are also required in the manual or on the product (§20.21 and §90.219 for boosters).

How does the approval for the North American market with a permanent roaming SIM card work? What is to be considered?

This does not play a role for the FCC approval.
You do not have to do anything if you are in transit or have products that roam e.g. containers on a ship.
If you want to sell your device in the USA with a roaming SIM, you have to get the acceptance of the US network operators.

  • The US network operators have tools to search for unknown devices.
  • Some of them also check the FCC relevant emissions (spot check: harmonics).
  • In practice, however, the companies issuing the roaming SIM know the boundary conditions (e.g. the radio module used should definitely be “listed” for the respective network operator, i.e. pre-certified, and PTCRB certification of the new device is often required). Often there are only few or almost no requirements other than this listing.

Is NOM certification required to import GPS tracking devices into Mexico? Is FCC sufficient?

An FCC approval is only valid for USA and should not be considered as valid for other economies, unless there are special agreements between both economies. In USA, only receivers operating between 30MHz and 960MHz are subject to either SDoC or certification authorization procedures. Based on these FCC rules, GPS receiver (operating > 960MHz) measurements are not required, because they are exempt from complying with the technical provisions of part 15B. However they are still subject to §15.5.

Mexico has its own requirements. USA and Mexico signed a mutual recognition agreement (MRA) in 2016. As of now the standards which are available for designation can be seen here:


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